Monday, April 29, 2013

Sorry, sorry, sorry...

Although it will be much overdue, I'll be doing a mega post tomororw for A-Z to catch up.  This past week was a nightmare. I had to deal with 104 degree fevers for 3 days from my son, jury duty and being put on a jury, food poisoning for the kids, which meant vomiting into the middle of the night, and some other stuff that just isn't worth mentioning. But I really do want to finish this out, so expect T, U, V, W, X, and Y tomorrow.  :D

Hope everyone is doing well!

Monday, April 22, 2013

A-Z Challenge: R and S Movies: Real Genius, St. Elmo's Fire, Sixteen Candles, and Some Kind of Wonderful!



I've decided that Saturdays just aren't working for me on this challenge, since this is twice now that I haven't gotten around to doing my posts on Friday night.  So, I'll throw a R in here, but today's post is dedicated to fabulous 80s S movies, one of which has my favorite screen kiss of all time. 



This is one of those 80s movies I've always enjoyed (I own it) although I'm not quite sure why.  I think it appealed to my inner geek.  Plus, it had Val Kilmer.  Win!


The first iconic New Adult movie - 7 recent college graduates who have no flippin' clue what to do or how to manage the real world after graduation.  A classic, though not the best John Hughes movie.



This is one of my favorite John Hughes movie, although my thoughts have changed on it over time because Jake Ryan did some pretty sleezeball things in that movie that hardly makes him leading man material.  Oh, well, I still love it.


Oh, Some Kind of Wonderful, my heart swoons...this is my FAVORITE John Hughes movie of all time, and that's saying a lot.  Plus, this movie has all-time-favorite kissing scene in a movie (and yes, I think it beats the notebook):


Seriously, this kiss was fan-yourself-hot.

Okay, gotta work now.  (Blech!)


Friday, April 19, 2013

A-Z Challenge: Q - Quiet Riot, Quarterback Princess, and Quasar!


I have to admit, this one almost did me in.  I was sitting here thinking that all of these letters (except the dreaded X) should be easy, and then I hit Q and was stumped.  Off the top of my head, I couldn't think of ANYTHING that started with Q.  So, I looked up Q in a dictionary, trying to see if any of the words stood out as something from my childhood...and then the ideas hit, one after another. 

Quiet Riot - while never a huge fan of the band, I do love the Mental Health song, which I first heard on Footloose.  Still love the song!



And then this fab movie with Helen Hunt about a girl who wants to play quarterback on the football team and faces all kinds of obstacles and roadblocks by the people thinking it's just not right.  Of course, by the end of the season, most people have fallen for the little darling and she's elected their homecoming princess, right before her family moves away.  Yes, I'm slightly mocking the storyline, but it's still a really good movie that I enjoy watching.  Definitely challenges the preconceived gender roles still prevalent in the 80s (some still today).

 

And then there's Quasar.  While I can't say I loved this game, I can say that I used to play it obsessively when my mom and dad used to have their bowling league nights and they brought me and the sis with them.  What else was there to do with 2 hours of my night?

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

A-Z Challenge: P - Pretty In Pink, Punky Brewster, and Parachute Pants!


And we're here with the letter P today, folks...
 
One of my favorite "Brat Pack" movies, Pretty In Pink! I had the hugest crust on Andrew McCarthy when I was young. I have no clue why (now), but I did.




And then there was Punky Brewster, the lovable girl who was abandoned by her mother (ouch!), went to live on her own with her dog Brandon in an apartment, and was discovered by the grouchy apartment building manager.  She ends up moving in with him and winning his heart, finding the family she's so desperate for. She was so fashionable with her mismatched sneakers and rainbow colored style.  I wanted to be Punky Brewster!



And then there were these parachute pants, which were all the rage and splattered all over the TV screen, worn by all the high-fashion celebrites.  I just...yeah, I never got this one.


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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A-Z Challenge: O - Oversized shirts, Overalls, and Oh, I forgot!


Well, in all my N hate yesterday, I forgot my absolute favorite thing that starts with N from my childhood - NKOTB!  But I found a way to make it relate to my O post.  But first...
From Like Totally 80's
First, we have the lovely oversized shirts, often called the Flashdance shirt, because the look was pushed into true popularity after the movie came out. 

Now there's the other O thing that was awesome, and relates to my NKOTB topic:

OVERALLS!


And that was the 80s style, right there - one side hooked correctly, one hanging down loose. 



I remember loving this picture, but I laugh when I look back at it.  Jordan, where the hell is your shirt?  Shirtless overalls were never a style.  But that's hardly the first or last fashion disaster my beloved boys made...you can check out a huge thread of them at this link.

Take care!




Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A-Z Challenge: N - NEON and Naked Eyes!


N...oh, how I loathe thee, because you have the one fashion trend that I wish had stayed burried, but no, it's totally 'hot' right now.  That's right; I'm talking about:

Found:  http://style.fashionplaytes.com/category/fashion-tips-for-girls/basics/

The dreaded NEON!  I had to use this image, really, because I had a skirt almost exactly like this, but it gets even better.  Mine had a layer of pink, orange, yellow and green, and came with a neon pink tank top.  Oh, and just because I wasn't blinding enough, I wore these to go with it:

You weren't cool until you had your neon wayfarer sunglasses. 

Head meet desk.

Anyway, moving on...


Naked Eyes with Always Something There to Remind Me.  I hate this song, but find it amazing that every single movie that is supposed to take place in the 80s has to have this song. 


Oh well, hope everyone else has a great N day because mine makes me make funny faces at the computer.  Blech!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A-Z Challenge: Hitting both L and M today...


So, I was just exhausted this weekend and didn't have time to put up my letter L on Saturday, so I'm doing both L and M today:

  

Two more of my favorite movies from the 80s - The Legend of Billie Jean and Masters of the Universe (I was a HUGE He-Man fan).  

Found the socks at Costume Shopper

Layered slouch socks (one color on top of one foot, on the bottom on the other to make it extra special) and the Madonna look.  Essentially, if Madonna wore it in the 80s, it was cool and people wanted to dress like her.  







And to round it out, I have Cindy Lauper (of Girls Just Want to Have Fun fame) and Motley Crue who came out with so many great hits that it was hard to pick just one.  

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Friday, April 12, 2013

A-Z Challenge: K- KISS, The Karate Kid, and Knickers!


Back for another day of 80s A-to-Z, this time with the letter K:

Famous in the seventies and still going strong in the 80s, KISS was one of my fav bands from childhood.

"Wax on, wax off," is still probably one of the most famous lines from this movie all this time later.


And look:  You can buy theme here!
And knickers:  the predecessors to capris, which ended right below the knees and were most-liekly named such because they looked like baseball pants, as seen by a team such as the knickerbockers. No laughing, my non-US friends.  I know what you call knickers.  :D

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A-Z Challenge: J - Jordache Jean Jackets, Joan Jett, and Just One of the Guys!

 
And we're back with the letter J today in my hop on back to the past. 

Ah, Jordache Jean Jackets - you weren't anyone until you had one of these.  I had mine, decorated on one side with all my NKOTB pins.  :D



And good old Joan Jett, still going strong.  I had this album, LOVED I Hate Myself for Loving You, and even sang it at a talent show, all dressed up like Joan Jett.  Yes, there are pictures.  No, you won't be seeing them. 


Just One of the Guys:  the original "Girl dresses up as guy, goes to another school to make a point, but falls in love and discovers truths about herself she didn't recognize before..." movie that has been copied several times over since then.  Love this one.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A-Z Challenge: I - Billy Idol, INXS, and Indiana Jones!

Very late today, but I have a little man on my hands with a high fever, so we had to run to the doctors this morning, so I didn't get a chance to do my post.  Anyway, letter I:



Billy Idol, who came out with so many fabulous songs that it's hard to pick just one. 




And INXS, who I never really loved.  However, almost every song they ever wrote was always played at the roller skating rink I went to on weekends, and when I hear INXS, I'm instantly transported back to that rink.  :D
 
And who could forget Indiana Jones, which (along with Goonies) made me want to go off and have my own adventure.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A-Z Challenge: H - 80s HAIR!


I have only one thing to share with you for the letter H:

80s HAIR!


Taken from Like Totally 80s

Taken from The Great 80s


And for men:

Found at The Comfort Zone

Lovely, right?

Monday, April 8, 2013

A-Z Challenge: G - Gotcha! Guns 'N Roses, and Grody to the Max!


WElcome back to week 2 of the A-to-Z Challenge, where I'm reliving pop-culture from my childhood (80s and 90s).  Today's trip back in time is via the letter 'G':


Movie:  Ah, Gotcha!  A college kid who plays spy games on campus, then goes on to have his very own real-life spy game adventure while on vacation!  Plus, Anthony Edwards!  Who could not love this movie?  One of my favs.



And one of my favorite groups coming out the eighties was Guns 'N Roses!  Welcome to the Jungle is still one of my favorite songs of all time. 

And then there's tons of fun slang from the 80s, awesome sayings such as: 

Grody to the Max!
Gag me with a spoon!
Better yet:  Gag me with an expired credit card!
Gnarly!

See you tomorrow!


Friday, April 5, 2013

A-Z Challenge: F - Fast Forward, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Friendship Pins


Brought to you by the letter F...



While there were many other well-known F movies (Flashdance, anyone?) Fast Forward was one of my absolute favorite dance movies, and still rates up there despite its horribly dated corniness.  :D 

As for bands...



Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Relax.  Still a good song.  :D


From Like Totally 80s
And then there were these fun little Friendship Pins, displayed proudly (typically on our shoes) to show you had friends who cared enough about you to give you one of these awesome little pins.

See you on Monday! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A-Z Challenge: E - Eurythmics, E.T. and Elastic Belts






Back with another day of A-to-Z Challenge, brought to you today by the letter E.




We kick it off with the Eurythmics, another band I didn't love in the actual eighties, but do now.  Sweet Dreams is great, but I like Would I Lie to You even better.  :D

And then there's this iconic movie:


 Ah, E.T.  I still have the slightest memory of when I first went to see it in the theater with my mom and Aunt Paul (RIP), and what I remember is that my little sister peed all over Aunt Paula's lap when E.T. first came out of the wood shed.  Ah, memories.  I still tease her about that.

And then there were these oh-so-fashionable elastic belts - and I used to have this exact same one: same color and style. It was typically worn with a white shirt over leggins, or one of those horrible hourglass ruffly dresses.  I found this pic over on etsy if you're just dying for some old fashions.  LOL.

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